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Nicole Nagel

Nicole Nagel currently works on the survey team at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), where she designs and executes B2B and consumer studies. Her research helps inform private equity and venture capital firms’ investments, as well as guides the strategy of their portfolio companies. Nicole’s work has challenged her to consider the most effective ways to elicit both unbiased and engaged answers from top professionals in a diverse set of industries. She would now like to take this experience and focus back in on what guided her undergraduate studies.

Nicole graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied business, liberal arts, and pre-medical sciences. Her senior thesis examined the importance of the doctor-patient relationship for clinical success and how doctors can successfully nurture this connection. She took a particular focus in naturopathic medicine, using a midcentury naturopathic physician’s patient records as a case study in her investigation.

Nicole’s research fueled her inspiration to be a proponent for medical freedom. She aspires to help inform people of their medical treatment options, expand what we have monetary and legal access to, and ultimately influence our healthcare system to better promote constructive relationships between physicians and their patients. This is where Nicole sees Austin Center for Design as a wonderful next step in her journey. She is ready to deconstruct problems and systems and explore how to build something
successful from them.

Recent blog posts

Earning stakeholder buy-in on my product vision

Building onto the product vision with a feature brief Jumping into the final product management assignment, I had already sized my application with a developer and created a product roadmap for the trimmed down version of my wireframes. Now, it was time to bring that roadmap into a compelling vision for the user and for…

Piloting The Pulse with Austin’s Dockless Bikeshare Program

Kicking off The Pulse of Austin Last week, Kaley and I launched our first round of content for The Pulse of Austin. On Day 1, Tuesday April 10th, 16 Austinites engaged with us via SMS about the city’s dockless bikeshare & electric scooter pilot. Our content framed the narrative around rider data, and we asked…

Grounding the future of The Pulse: testing, refining, testing…

Taking a step back and appreciating the journey With two weeks left of AC4D (!!), Kaley and I had a bit of a retrospective on our last 6 months of working towards The Pulse of Austin. We traced our journey from research, initial insights, ideation, and then the months of testing and iterating on our…

What higher spatial dimensions mean for imagination, design, and singularity

The enormous, limiting machine in our society Fundamentally, what we imagine, as designers and as people in our society, is limited by money. Money fuels the massive, intimidating systems that continue to perpetuate the status quo. Money constrains businesses to act on behalf of shareholders. Money incentivizes us to act within the scope of our…

Simplifying Features to Prioritize Value

Contextualizing my Application Sizing Earlier this quarter, I met with a developer to estimate how long my banking application design would take to build. With development sizing information, I dug back into my wireframes to evaluate what features are essential to delivering the core value of my product. I then combined the details of the wireframes…

Designing Holistically for The Pulse of Austin

Zooming Out Grounding in Research As we dive into designing interfaces, we want to keep our foundational research in our hearts. We revisited residents’ stories that resonated with us and evaluated these alongside everything we have learned from our design process. Last week, we identified 3 primary resident sentiments that have inspired our concept: I…

Designing to Avoid a Data Dystopia

Why aren’t we paying attention to our personal data? I admittedly have no idea what data companies own on me, and, frankly, I’m scared to know. So I have remained blissfully ignorant, hoping that nothing bad will come of it. This hope is founded on an assumption that companies all have pure, honest (enough) motivations…

Moving from Wireframes to a Product

Resurrecting Quarter 2 Artifacts This quarter in Product Management, we are learning about giving life to a product, starting with wrapping our heads around application development. To learn more about developers’ timelines and considerations, I dusted off my wireframes from last December’s Rapid Ideation and Creative Prototyping Course. Back in Quarter 2, I created 5…

Moving From Surface-Level to System-Level Change

With the Best Intentions In the first two weeks of this quarter’s course titled Theory of Interaction Design and Social Entrepreneurship, we explored how people and organizations try to impart positive change in the world. Further, as a designer, what does it mean to “design for good,” and how can I structure my design practice to…

Giving Life to The Pulse of Austin

Picking Up from Last Week Last week, Kaley wrote about our new direction: a platform for Austinites to voice their feelings on civic topics, which then empowers their voices through a collective display of the city’s voices. The feedback loop for residents who engage was still a lingering piece, and our current vision for this…

Capturing Austin’s Pulse – Part 1

Source of Inspiration Last week, Kaley Coffield and I generated hundreds of ideas around what we could create to increase empathy and improve connections between Austinites. Of those ideas, we took three into higher fidelity, imagining how they could materialize. Our energy and excitement pulled us towards the Austin Is Me Truck. At a high…

Adding Innovation to the Craft

Introducing New Specs Late in the Game For the quarter’s final iteration of my wireframes, I got to be a bit more creative with content. I focused on developing a budgeting toolkit to help users understand their current spending and shape their financial future. The structured flows of the past weeks (deposit a check, transfer…

Giving Users Guidance and Affirmation

Think-Out-Loud Usability Testing with V3 Last Sunday, I approached seven strangers at bars with the request to test my banking application project, which was then in its third stage of iteration. My testers thought out-loud through the test, giving me instinctive emotions and feedback as they set up a recurring payment and explored the application’s primary…

Foundational Navigation

This Week’s Approach I spent last week digging into detailed flow interactions for my banking application, and this week I zoomed out to examine the navigation that pulls it all together. While I only have a few key elements (a menu, a back button, and a log out button), I was struggling to find places where they make sense within…

Working Out-Loud Through Design Choices

Project Scope Over a 7-week period, I am designing the screens and architecture of a mobile banking application to help people confidently manage their finances. I am particularly inspired by designing for recent US immigrants and refugees, and I plan on designing an application to help connect these groups to financial resources, such as Mission…

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